CRIME

Seattle-area mom admits abandoning baby found in yard

A Seattle-area mother abandoned her baby in a front yard after being paranoid from drugs, police said.

A Seattle-area mother abandoned her baby in a front yard after being paranoid from drugs, police said.  (Lakewood Police Dept.)

The mother of a child found abandoned in a Seattle-area neighborhood has been booked into jail as police said she admitted to abandoning the infant after doing drugs and feeling paranoid.

Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler says a woman walking home in a residential neighborhood early Monday stopped when she thought she heard a distressed animal. Instead she found the infant boy lying in the grass.

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Investigators say the baby was cold, but otherwise in good health. He was taken to a local hospital and placed in protective state custody.

Lawler said a female patient at St. Clare Hospital later told officials there she was the child's mother.

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"The mother told detectives that she was at a Lakewood residence last night and did some drugs, which made her paranoid," a Lakewood police news release said. "She said she grabbed her baby and ran from the residence because she thought she was being chased. She admitted to leaving the baby in a front yard and hoping someone would find him."

While detectives were interviewing the mom, the father of the child showed up at the hospital. He said he last saw his child with his wife Sunday night when he left because he was arguing with her. He said he didn't know the child had been abandoned.

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